MENHIR

Menhir

Blame my Mother, I do.  Symbols on a map denoting a Menhir, Standing Stone, Tumuli, Dolmens or indeed any Neolithic site will have me making a detour.  Often ending up wandering through dense undergrowth, muttering it must be here somewhere.  We spent a very pleasant day,  with my Mother, meandering round the byways of Northern Brittany with the sole aim of finding as many menhirs and dolmens as we could.  We found this particularly fine specimen at Saint Uzec.  It stands over six metres high and was erected sometime between 3-4,000 BC.  At some point in the seventeenth century the carvings showing the Passion of Christ and the crowning crucifix were added.

Lou Messugo

 

28 Comments

    • May 22, 2016 / 9:42 am

      The back has deep grooves running the full length that cry out to be stroked

  1. May 22, 2016 / 12:15 am

    Six metres?!? I’m always amazed at how the ancient peoples managed to move such massive stoens in the first place.

  2. May 22, 2016 / 12:21 am

    Wow quite a sight especially looking straight up like that.

  3. May 22, 2016 / 5:37 am

    That’s amazing. The design is so intricate. It always makes me wonder how on earth they did things like that all that time ago. #MySundayPhoto

  4. May 22, 2016 / 8:29 am

    Very interesting history. It reminds me of King Arthur swore in the stone story. #MySundayPhoto

  5. May 22, 2016 / 10:24 am

    3,000 BC, wow!! That must have been so interesting to see!

  6. May 22, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    What a beautiful carving – and a great piece of history too. It looks like it has been really well preserved.

  7. May 22, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    very interesting!

  8. May 25, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    Oh, that’s stunning! I’ve never seen a stone like that with the carvings on before. We’ll be travelling around that area in the future so I look forward to seeing them.
    Nat.x

  9. May 28, 2016 / 11:43 am

    that is just an amazing photo. i can well understand hiking thru the bush to get to it. the sky is fabulous.

  10. July 6, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Love this little tidbit! #allaboutfrance

  11. July 7, 2017 / 10:38 am

    Very interesting – I’d like to know more about these.
    #allaboutfrance

    • July 7, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Watch this space for a longer menhirs and dolmens we have seen post!

  12. pigeonpairandme
    July 11, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Can you touch it?? All that history, pulsing back to you through your hands…. #AllAboutFrance

    • July 11, 2017 / 10:33 am

      You can both touch the stone and feel the history!

  13. annette @afrenchcollection
    July 11, 2017 / 10:53 am

    How nice that you can enjoy an interest with your mother. What an cool way to spend a day together … menhir chasing … love it! #AllAboutFrance

    • July 11, 2017 / 11:12 am

      When I pause to think I realise that many of my interests come from my parents and those that don’t they have encouraged with bemusement!

  14. July 11, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    What a lovely stone! Solitary menhirs leave me a little cold but rows of them like in Carnac or this one with the addition of carvings I find fascinating. Thanks for sharing your discovery with us at #AllAboutFrance

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